IN PHOTOS: Welcoming the #NewPope

MANILA, Philippines – For the first time in history, a Latin American Jesuit – Jorge Mario Bergoglio – leads the 1.2-billion strong Catholic Church as Pope Francis I.

In photos, Rappler relives the start of the conclave to the moment on Thursday, March 14 (Philippine time), when Bergoglio appeared at the Vatican balcony to begin his papacy.

Photos compiled by Jessica Lazaro/